“ Action / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Hasbro Interactive „
You're frogger, a frog with a dangerous mission. Save the baby frogs before time runs out, and if the timer wasn't bad enough, everything around you is out to put your hopping to a stop!
Since the old days of the frogger arcade game, the designers have been busy. With nine worlds to hop through, each of which containing up to five levels prepare to hop through traffic, caves, and even clouds. The controls are extremely simple, just hop around with directional buttons to find the baby frogs. Having said this, you are given three new weapons in your arsenal: power croak (allows you to call to baby frogs which reply if they're near), super hop (allowing you to jump higher) and heat seeking tongue (allows you to pick up insects).
This brings me on to a great new feature of this game, you can collect insects that affect your game. Some improve your score, some make you hop faster, some bad insects can even reduce your time. Improving your score isn't just to show you're a good gamer either, it allows you to gain valuable lives.
I must warn you, this is no easy game, as the levels progress your time limits will get stricter, your enemies will get harder, and you will spend time frantically hopping around trying to find the other frogs. But that's the beauty of frogger, it's a challenge, and it's so rewarding to finally complete that level you've been stuck on for a while. The game teaches your to conserve time, master your sense of direction and prioritise which frogs you can reach in time. The game constantly adds challenges to prove your ability including slippery floors and pitch black caves.
We're talking retro here, frogger is played from a birdseye view, and since it's a 1997 game expect polygons and rectangles. Having said this, the way in which the levels are designed add an air of complexity, whether it's hedges, cacti or lilypads. The environments become part of froggers path, creating a flowing world which really compensates for the primitive graphics.
There isn't much in the way of soundtrack here, it's mainly the sound effects that stand out. The rushing traffic, the calling birds, all sorts of little perks that give this 2D game a 3D feel.
Price - Due to the age of the game it's rare to find a brand new copy, however pre-owned versions of this game can be picked up for as little as £3 on amazon. Definately a bargain for this little gem of gaming magic.
I used to play Frogger years ago on my old PC so when this was released on the Playstation I had to get it. In this Playstation version Frogger is back and better than ever before. It's alot harder than the original Frogger and there is alot more to complete with many more unique and new levels to try.
The plot of the story is pretty simple really. It's about a frog called Frogger. In each different level there are baby frogs that Frogger has to try and save. Each level is a puzzle in itself to solve and you have an allotted amount of time to finish each one. Some levels can be extremely hard to the point where you think they are impossible, but you have to keep persevering.
The very first level is the original level that everyone might remember if you ever played this game when you were younger. You are stuck on one side of the highway and have to make it across lines of traffic and then to a river where you have to dodge alligators and logs to get to the baby frogs on te other side. However, from there it gets tough.
Frogger has three different abilities that you can use to your advantage. He can jump and gain extra height by using the square button. He uses his tongue to eat bugs which can give you extra time or points. Plus, he can also make a 'ribbit' sound and if any baby frogs are nearby they will respond to him with the same noise. This becomes crucial in later levels.
The varying levels appear as blocks in a line and in each block there are five different levels. These increase in difficulty as you continue on. The hard part is that in some levels you don't have much time to find the baby frogs. The interesting part of the game is that there are so many unique levels to play ranging from sky levels to running to avoid cars and then being chased by spiders for example through their web.
One advanatage in the game is that when you find a baby frog you get to start the level over from the beginning with your full time. This is very much needed. Also, when you run out of lives you can just start at where you were. Every time you beat a level the memory card automatically saves the data so you can access your game anytime. As well as playing in story mode you can also play a mode where you can access and play the first stage of any themed block.
Despite being a basic game there is alot to complete and the game has great replay value due to the challenging nature of it more than anything else. I was captivated for long periods with the puzzles and the graphics are pretty decent too.
This is a fairly simple game, with relatively poor graphics. Despite what you may be able to see on the cover of the game, it is set up in the format of a bird's eye view of your frog. There are several different scenarios, including: dodging traffic, escaping bees and jumping on logs and turtles. There are several other features that include needing to catch flags and eat bugs as well. To be honest it was a mediocre game even when it was new. So by now, it is in my opinion outdated, with poor quality graphics. However, it does have the added plus factor of being a multi-player game of up to 4 people, when using a multi-tab, this results in each player getting to be a different colour frog and having a race to a final goal such as collecting flags. This makes the game slightly better when playing socially.
Frogger is back, and he's armed with all new moves, power croak, heat seeking tongue and super jump! He's the coolest amphibian in town, but now he's lost in strange worlds filled with hungry enemies and dangerous terrain.